Policy Perspectives on Women and Energy

An Indian worker looks at solar panels from a watch tower at the Gujarat Solar Park at Charanka in Patan district, about 250 kilometers from Ahmadabad, India, April 14, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Julia Nesheiwat serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources.

I recently had the pleasure to travel to Amman, Jordan, to attend the U.S.-Jordan Business Forum. My trip happened to fall over International Women’s Day, which gave me added incentive to engage on women’s issues while in country. Across the Jordanian energy sector, I came across a number of extraordinary women, including Barbara Broomell, the executive Director of the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), who are working to alleviate the pressures of a dire electricity crisis and to build a more sustainable energy future for all Jordanians and the region. I was particularly encouraged by the work of Jordan’s EDAMA Association, which seeks to create private sector partnerships to develop a viable clean energy sector in Jordan.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Present the 2012 Awards for Corporate Excellence

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 23, 2012


On Wednesday, November 28th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will present the 14th annual Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Ben Franklin Room at the Department of State and will be followed by a reception in the Thomas Jefferson Room.

The prestigious ACE recognizes the important role of U.S. businesses in advancing good corporate governance and democratic principles worldwide. The award honors exemplary business practices, corporate social responsibility, and innovation in a company’s overseas operations.

This year 82 nominations were received for American companies operating in 54 countries. The winners were chosen by the Principals’ Award Selection Committee. The Committee, chaired by the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, includes a representative from the offices of the Secretary, the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the Under Secretary for Management, and the special representative for Global Partnerships. It also includes senior officials from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Department of Commerce. MORE

Second Meeting of Secretary Clinton’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 23, 2012


On Tuesday, November 27th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the second meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership at the State Department in Washington, D.C. The meeting can be viewed via live webcast on the Internet by clicking here.

The Council serves the United States government in an advisory capacity on major issues in international business and economic policy, including the effective integration of business interests and women’s economic empowerment into overall foreign policy; the role and limits of international economic institutions from a gender-specific perspective; and the Department of State’s role in advancing and promoting the role of women in a competitive global economy. Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (United Kingdom) and Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, Inc. (USA) are Council Vice Chairs.

The meeting will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and will be open for press coverage. MORE

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks to the National Confederation of Industries in Brasilia, Brazil, April 16, 2012.

Secretary Clinton Chairs First Meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the first meeting of the International Council on Women s Business Leadership at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. You can watch a live webcast of the event on www.state.gov and DipNote. [State Department image/ Public Domain]

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the first meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership (ICWBL) at the Department State in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be streamed live at 9:15 a.m. EST on www.state.gov and DipNote.

The ICWBL serves the U.S. government in an advisory capacity on major issues in international business and economic policy, including the effective integration of business interests and women’s economic empowerment into overall foreign policy; the role and limits of international economic institutions from a gender-specific perspective; and the Department of State’s role in advancing and promoting the role of women in a competitive global economy.

The ICWBL will meet at least once a year and at such other times and places as are required to fulfill the objectives of the Council. Subcommittees and working groups will meet as appropriate for their assigned responsibilities. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is Chair; PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Founder Cherie Blair are Vice-Chairs.

ICWBL membership consists of representatives who are leaders of American and foreign public and private sector organizations and institutions having an interest in the role of women in international business, economic policy development and global economic growth.

You can learn more about the ICWBL here.